Warm Springs Extension Environmental Review


Federal Transit Administration Issues Record of Decision for Warm Springs Extension Project

The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Warm Springs Extension Project is now available. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has determined that the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) have been satisfied for the project. The ROD represents the basis for the FTA's decision.

The project and alternatives were evaluated in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and 4(f)/6(f) Evaluation issued by BART and the FTA in June 2006. The FEIS examines the benefits and the potential environmental impacts of the preferred alternative, the 5.4-mile extension of BART to the Warm Springs district of Fremont, with an optional station at Irvington. Areas of potential impacts include: transportation; geology and soils; hazards and hazardous materials; hydrology; wetlands; biological resources; land use; parks and recreation; population, economics and housing; aesthetics; cultural resources; noise and vibration; air quality; energy; utilities and public services; safety and security. A summary of the mitigation measures for potentially significant impacts is attached to the ROD. The ROD concludes that all reasonable steps have been taken to minimize adverse environmental effects.

Copies of the ROD and all documents referenced in the ROD are available for public review at BART's Administrative Offices, located at 300 Lakeside Drive, 21st Floor, Oakland, California, 94612. The document is also available at the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration Region IX, 201 Mission Street, Suite 1650, San Francisco, California, 94105. Download a copy of the Record of Decision, the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan or the Memorandum of Agreement.


BART Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for Warm Springs Extension Project

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), as federal lead agency, and BART have released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Warm Springs Extension. The FEIS was undertaken to qualify the project for federal funding. To become eligible for such funds, the project must complete an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FTA and BART considered and incorporated the results of previous studies into the FEIS, including the 1992 BART Warm Springs Extension Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and the 2003 Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIR). In addition, the FEIS complies with other environmental requirements that apply only to federal actions and not to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis previously conducted. These requirements include:

  • Executive Orders on Environmental Stewardship, Transportation Infrastructure, Environmental Justice, Floodplain Management, and Protection of Wetlands
  • Federal Department of Transportation Act (Section 4(f))
  • Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (Section 6(f))
  • National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106)

The FEIS is available at the Fremont Main Library and the Metropolitan Transportation/Association of Bay Area Governments (MTC/ABAG) Library. The FEIS is also available for public review at the BART Transit System Development Office, 300 Lakeside Drive, 21st Floor, Oakland, California, 94612.


Warm Springs Extension Final Environmental Impact Statement

To view the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Warm Springs Extension project, select from the files below. Some file sizes are large and may take a few moments to download.

Volume 1 (Part 1)

Executive Summary
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Purpose and Need
Chapter 3 Alternatives Considered
Chapter 4 Environmental Analysis

Section 4.1 Introduction to Environmental Analysis
Section 4.2 Transportation
Section 4.3 Soils, Geology, and Seismicity
Section 4.4 Hazards and Hazardous Materials
Section 4.5 Hydrology
Section 4.5 Wetlands

Volume 1 (Part 2)

Chapter 4 Environmental Analysis

Section 4.7 Biological Resources
Section 4.8 Land Use and Planning
Section 4.9 Parks and Recreation
Section 4.10 Population, Economics, and Housing
Section 4.11 Aesthetics
Section 4.12 Cultural Resources
Section 4.13 Noise and Vibration
Section 4.14 Air Quality
Section 4.15 Energy
Section 4.16 Utilities and Public Service
Section 4.17 Safety and Security
Section 4.18 Environmental Justice

Volume 1 (Part 3) 

Chapter 5 Other NEPA Considerations
Chapter 6 Section 4(f)/Section 6(f) Evaluation
Chapter 7 Financial Considerations
Chapter 8 Agency and Community Participation
Chapter 9 Agencies, Organizations, and Individuals Receiving Copies of the Final EIS
Chapter 10 References
Chapter 11 List of Preparers
Appendix A Notice of Intent
Appendix B 2003 Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan
Appendix C Biological Resources Information

Appendix C-1 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Species Lists for the Proposed Project Area
Appendix C-2 California Natural Diversity Database Search for the Niles, Milpitas, Mountain View, Newark, Hayward, Dublin, Livermore, La Costa Valley, and Calaveras Reservoir 7.5-Minute USGS Topographic Quadrangles
Appendix C-3 Results of Surveys Conducted for Special-Status Birds and Nesting Raptors
Appendix C-4 Results of Special-Status Plant Surveys
Appendix C-5 Results of California Red-Legged Frog Surveys
Appendix C-6 Results of Burrowing Owl Survey
Appendix C-7 Tables Listing Special-Status Species with Potential to Occur in the Proposed Project Corridor

Appendix D Floodplain Finding Report
Appendix E Cultural Resources Information

Appendix E-1 Consultation and Coordination with California Department of Parks and Recreation, Office of Historic Preservation
Appendix E-2 Draft Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

Appendix F Section 4(f)/6(f) Consultation
Tables
Figures

Volume 2 (Part 1)

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Comments on the Draft EIS and Responses

Section 2.1 List of Comments Received
Section 2.2 Comment Letters and Responses

Response to Comment Letters 1-9

Volume 2 (Part 2)

Chapter 2 Comments on the Draft EIS and Responses Section 2.1 List of Comments Received

Section 2.2 Comment Letters and Responses

Response to Comment Letters 10-19

Volume 2 (Part 3)

Chapter 2 Comments on the Draft EIS and Responses

Section 2.2 Comment Letters and Responses

Response to Comment Letters 20-21

Volume 2 (Part 4)

Chapter 2 Comments on the Draft EIS and Responses

Section 2.2 Comment Letters and Responses

Response to Comment Letters 22-36

Volume 2 (Part 5)

Chapter 2 Comments on the Draft EIS and Responses

Section 2.2 Comment Letters and Responses

Response to Comment Letters 37-41
Response to Public Hearing Transcript (Document 42)


National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Schedule

April 6, 2004 – Notice of Intent Published

April 28, 2004 – Scoping Meeting Held

May 17, 2004 – Scoping Comment Period Ended

March 11, 2005 – Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Published

March 11-April 25, 2005 – 45-Day DEIS Review Period

April 25, 2005 – DEIS Review Period Ends

June 2006 – Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Published

October 24, 2006 – Record of Decision Issued


Warm Springs Extension Environmental Impact Statement Notice of Intent Published

The Notice of Intent for the proposed Warm Springs Extension Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available. Environmental issues analyzed in the EIS include, but are not limited to: transportation and traffic impacts; the use of parkland, including Fremont Central Park; biological resources and sensitive species; land use, including consistency of proposed stations with local plans and policies; potential impacts to historic and cultural resources; noise and vibration impacts on homes and other sensitive receptors near the tracks.

View the EIS.

Please see the Warm Springs Extension Project Overview for more information on the project.

 

Last Updated: April 16, 2013